When visiting Myrtle Beach, SC, it is certain that you will see an abundance of Calabash seafood buffet signs as you cruise up and down Ocean Boulevard. If you’ve never been to a Calabash seafood buffet, you may wonder what the craze is all about. And if you have been to one, there’s a 99% chance that you can’t wait to return.
For those who have never been to a Calabash seafood buffet in Myrtle Beach, we’re here to help you realize what it’s all about. But first, it’s important to understand exactly what Calabash seafood is. In short, Calabash seafood is lightly battered and fried seafood that originated in Calabash, NC. You can learn all about the history of Calabash seafood is a previous post of ours by clicking here.
When first walking into a Calabash seafood buffet, especially in Myrtle Beach, SC, it’s a little bit like love at first sight. You will be greeted by a host or hostess who will walk you through the buffet as they seat your party. This will be your first glimpse of the 200+ items on the buffet, depending on the restaurant you choose to dine with. Once seated, a server will come to your table to take your drink order and set you on your way.
Now comes the first trip through the buffet. With so many options, it can be a difficult decision (in the best way possible) to choose what to get with the first plate. From a full salad bar and raw bar, to fried Calabash seafood, crab legs and so much more, the items are seemingly endless. You will notice that there are several land food items as well, likely including steak, chicken and pasta, among several more items. A pro tip is to take a little bit from five or six different items to start so that you can taste several different things.
Trip number two should be all about the crab legs. These are hands down the most popular items on the buffet, and it’s easy to understand why – they are absolutely delicious. If you’ve never had crab legs before, check out another one of our past posts which breaks down the best method for cracking and eating them. Be sure to get a cup of melted butter too for the ultimate satisfaction. Additionally, if you like additional seasonings such as Old Bay, just ask your server for some and it is certain they will bring it straight to your table.
At this point you will have a great idea of how to approach the buffet for your next plates. Eat as much as you can, but be sure to leave just a little bit of room for dessert. From cake and ice cream to chocolate fondue fountains, you will want to make sure you have enough space in your stomach for at least one serving of dessert.
When visiting Myrtle Beach, SC, dining at a Calabash seafood buffet is something that needs to be experienced. A Calabash seafood buffet is truly seafood heaven, and even those who don’t love seafood are able to enjoy the many land food items. For a visual representation of what to expect, check out the video below.